Laura reaches Pittsburgh


  1. Originally published, August 27, 2020, at 9:59 pm.
  2. August 28, 2020, 12:57 pm:
    • It turns out the renewal treatment does not require the same layover period that the initial rust-proofing treatment did. I am down for the rest of the day, however, because the carpets are wet: It turns out the place does interior detailing, which my car badly, badly, badly needed doing.
    • It is just as well that the layover was not required. As I approached the Best Buy to pick up a replacement USB-C to USB-C cable for the car charger I have for my Pixelbook (which turns out not to be the problem), the skies opened up with another horrendous downpour, thunder and lightning (figure 2).
    • As I was driving to the Best Buy, I saw something I couldn’t quite believe. Here it is thundering and lightning all around, on top of the hill at Old Lebanon Church Road, Old Clairton Road, and Clairton Boulevard, and some schmuck is up in a cherry picker taking down a traffic signal. And there was a cop with his lights flashing, blocking the lane so he could work. I guess it occurred to neither of them that this was work best deferred even if only until the storm relented.


So I was thinking it was a bit early for Laura’s remnants to start affecting Pittsburgh weather. I was thinking that was more likely tomorrow.

It looks like I was wrong (figure 1). My last ride tonight was through a downpour the likes of which I haven’t seen in quite some time. I was glad I’d spent the extra nickel on really, really good tires.
Fig. 1. 72-hour gif of satellite imagery for the eastern U.S. and Gulf of Mexico, as of August 27, 2020, at 8:01 pm.

To be sure, there was other weather hitting the region about the same time. But that explosive downpour, with some of the most dramatic lightning I can remember, was also a bit of Laura.

This actually might be a problem tomorrow. I have rustproofing and body coating renewals scheduled for my car. As I recall, I’ll need to keep the car dry the rest of the day. I have a garage, so once I get it there, it’ll be fine. But what will I do if it starts raining on the way home?

Fig. 2. 72-hour gif of satellite imagery for Eastern Canada, as of August 28, 2020, at 12:01 pm.

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